Welcome to the Oregon Symphony’s new series, minute for music. The concept is simple. Take a minute out of your day, and get to know the Oregon Symphony musicians. A couple of times every week, we’ll be sharing video content that was created for you, by your Oregon Symphony musicians. You may hear them play a favorite piece (often, in unusual settings), they may share favorite music that perhaps you’ll enjoy as well, or it may simply be a “day in the life of…” We hope you enjoy the view.

 

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41. Principal Percussion Niel DePonte

Marimba Musings: Our wonderful retiring Principal Percussion Niel DePonte shares one last #minuteformusic, for you.

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40. Cellist Seth Biagini

Show and (William) Tell: Enjoy the introduction to Rossini’s operatic overture – one of the first pieces cellist Seth Biagini ever performed with the Oregon Symphony.

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39. Violinist Samuel Park

Bésame Mucho in Sepia Tone: Step aside, Ravel – Samuel Park is here with a suave performance of another well-known bolero.

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38. Violist Leah Ilem

Blue Skies Ahead: Maybe it’s the color of the wall behind her, but today’s #minuteformusic by violist Leah Ilem conjures a countryside scene with clear blue skies.

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37. Cellist Kenneth Finch

Music, Outside of the Box: Open up this #minuteformusic from cellist Kenneth Finch for a miniature musical surprise. Video created by Andrew Finch.

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36. Assistant Principal Flute Alicia DiDonato Paulsen

The Art of Multi-Tasking: It isn’t always easy to find a good quarantine practice routine. Fortunately, Alicia DiDonato Paulsen has it all figured out.

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35. Bassoonist Steve Vacchi

What the Heck(elphone)? Steve Vacchi shows off the beautiful sounds of the heckelphone, one of the longest – and rarest – instruments in the orchestra.

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34. Assistant Principal Second Violin Inés Voglar Belgique and Principal Viola Joël Belgique

It’s a Family Affair: Inés Voglar Belgique and Joël Belgique perform, along with their son – 9-year-old composer Alejandro Belgique – a “Minute-Long Adventure” written by Alejandro himself.

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33. Associate Concertmaster Peter Frajola

Fiddle Me This: What do you get when you put two associate concertmasters next to one another? A rustic minute for music from Peter Frajola.⠀

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32. The Low Brass Section

Enjoy a garden serenade from the Oregon Symphony low brass section.

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31. Cellist Antoinette Gan

No One Beguiles Like Brahms: Antoinette Gan shares a dreamlike minute for music by the German great, with pianist Andrew Burgess.

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30. Violinist Fumino Ando

No matter the country, no matter the crisis, music has the power to heal. Enjoy a minute for music from Fumino Ando.

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29. Violinist Keiko Araki

Keiko Araki shares a healthy dose of Allegro. Please enjoy responsibly and in moderation.

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28. Assistant Principal Clarinetist Todd Kuhns and Principal Trumpet Jeffrey Work

In the Groove with Gershwin: Sit back and enjoy the smooth sounds of Assistant Principal Clarinet Todd Kuhns and Principal Trumpet Jeffrey Work in this minute for music.

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27. Violinist Samuel Park

An Electrifying Etude: Violinist Samuel Park is plugged in to play a high-voltage rendition of Sibelius in today’s minute for music.

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26. Principal Bassist Colin Corner

Mahler only changed a couple of notes from this well-known melody, but, as Colin Corner shows in today’s minute for music, a minor change can make a major difference.

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25. English Hornist Jason Sudduth

The English horn. Actually, it has nothing to do with England. Its original name was “angelic horn,” and when you hear this #minuteformusic from Jason Sudduth, we think you’ll understand why.

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24. Concertmaster Sarah Kwak

Puttin’ on the Fritz: Sarah Kwak presents a bite-sized recital of music by violin legend Fritz Kreisler, with pianist Cary Lewis.

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23. Principal Clarinetist James Shields

Like a glass of wine, the bass clarinet can be delicate and subtle. Here are four glasses, rather, samples for your enjoyment.

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22. Cellist Kenneth Finch

Let’s go for a ride. Kenneth Finch adds a new cycle to Bach’s suites for cello solo.

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21. Principal Oboist Martin Hébert, Assistant Principal Karen Wagner, and English Hornist Jason Sudduth

Today, enjoy two minutes for music. It’s so beautiful, we didn’t have the heart to reduce it down to one.

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20. Assistant Principal Trombonist Robert Taylor

We’re getting sentimental over seeing you again at the concert hall.

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19. Violist Leah Ilem, Cellist Trevor Fitzpatrick, and Assistant Principal Cellist Marilyn de Oliveira

In honor of those who have lost their lives serving our country, we share with you a Memorial Day minute for music from Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.

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18. Violists Leah Ilem and Brian Quincey

A Synchronized Sonata

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16. Assistant Principal Cellist Marilyn de Oliveira

“A minute for Mozart.” Marilyn de Oliveira performs for you a four-cello rendition of one of Mozart’s most beloved melodies.

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15. Assistant Concertmaster Erin Furbee and Bassoonist Adam Trussell

Join a garden party with Erin Furbee, Adam Trussell, and a cameo from Hawai'i Symphony Orchestra Principal Clarinetist Louis DeMartino.

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14. Violinist Shanshan Zeng and Violist Ningning Jin

Start your day on a cheerful note with a new minute for music duet by Shanshan Zeng and Ningning Jin.

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13. Contrabassoonist Steve Vacchi

We may have hit an all-time low in our latest minute for music. Listen to some of the deepest notes an instrument can achieve, as Steve Vacchi demonstrates one of the largest and most unusual instruments of the orchestra.

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12. Principal Percussionist Niel DePonte

Make Time for Ragtime, with Niel DePonte

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11. Piccoloist Zach Galatis

Today, Oregon Symphony piccoloist Zach Galatis proves you can still sing in close harmony while remaining socially distant.

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10. Violinist Keiko Araki

How do you make constructive use of your time during self-isolation? Violinist Keiko Araki has the answer.

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9. Bassist Nina DeCesare

Bassist Nina DeCesare, with a very obedient audience.

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8. Violinist Yuqi Li

A Day in the Life of Yuqi Li

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7. Principal Clarinetist James Shields

Take a minute to enjoy some beautiful music from Oregon Symphony musician James Shields.

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6. Violists Silu Fei and Ningning Jin

Going for Baroque

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5. Principal Tubist JáTtik Clark and Trombonist Charles Reneau

Music Mingling while Social Distancing

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4. Principal Flutist Martha Long

Don’t worry. You’re not seeing double, triple, or quadruple.

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3. Principal Bassist Colin Corner

Like Father, Like Son

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2. Violinist Emily Cole and Principal Clarinetist James Shields

So many notes in such little time...

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1. Principal Cellist Nancy Ives

Nancy Ives serenades you from her garden with a surprise guest. Hint: She was eggcited to be in the video.

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